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We need to move fast to improve our forestry cover in Ireland

We need to move fast to improve our forestry cover in Ireland We conducted a survey recently. It told us that seven in 10 Irish adults said they didn’t notice anything about forests or woodlands in any media over the past year.  So they clearly haven’t been getting attention. But I intend that over next year, that situation is going to change dramatically.  Because there is a plan afoot to make s...
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United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030

United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 The United Nations Strategic Plan for Forests 2017-2030 (UNSPF) was created by the Member States of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) to provide a global framework for action at all levels to sustainably manage all types of forests and trees outside forests, and to halt deforestation and forest degradation. At the heart of the Strategic...
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EU launches new Forest Information System to improve knowledge on forests and woodlands

Amid a need for more accurate, up-to-date and harmonised data and monitoring on Europe’s valuable woodlands, the European Environment Agency and the European Commission today launched a new Forest Information System for Europe (FISE) which aims to become Europe’s knowledge hub to monitor the state, health and sustainability of Europe’s many forests. The FISE web portal will provide tail...
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Leitrim forestry damaging environment and community, warns group

A report on the impact of forestry in Leitrim confirms the level of plantations in the county is the highest in the country, with Sitka spruce the dominant species.  It found the conifer accounted for 61 per cent of total forest area, and 75 per cent of forest owners are farmers. The report was commissioned by Minister of State for Agriculture Andrew Doyle amid allegations...
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Protecting the world’s forests : European Commission steps up EU action

The European Commission has set out a new framework of actions to protect and restore the world's forests, which host 80% of biodiversity on land, support the livelihoods of around a quarter of the world's population, and are vital to our efforts to fight climate change. The comprehensive Communication published last week introduces measures for enhanced international cooperation with s...
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Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use Measures – Climate Action Plan 2019

Ireland’s Climate Action Plan proposes a comprehensive and wide-ranging set of measures for agriculture, forestry and land use. In this article, we provide a helpful summary of the most significant aspects relating to these industries. 1. Reducing emissions on our farms Achieve 16.5-18.5 MtCO2eq. cumulative methane and nitrous oxide emissions abatement between 2021 and 2030, including through ...
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New strategy for forestry needed in climate plan

Given the urgent need to address “the climate emergency” and the role forestry could play in reducing carbon emissions, a new approach is needed, according to environmental researcher Dr Cara Augustenborg. A multistakeholder form should chart a way forward and respect concerns of host communities where extensive afforestation was located, she told a Forest Industries Ireland (FII) conference at t...
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Forest Statistics Ireland 2019 Report published

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, has announced the publication of the Department’s annual Forest Statistics Report for 2019.  This Report is prepared annually by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. Launching the report, the Minister commented: "'Forest Statistics - Ireland 2019’ is an annual compilation of statistics on th...
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Teagasc marks International Day of the Forests

Thursday, 21 March was ‘International Day of Forests’ and Teagasc highlighted the multiple benefits of well-sited and sustainably managed forests and woodlands, in particular as a viable on-farm resource.  It also ties in with The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine report on Forests & Water, Achieving Objectives under Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan 2018-2021 Sustainable Fores...
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New EU investment in sustainable forestry across Ireland

Crucial new investment to strengthen green infrastructure, benefit biodiversity and adapt infrastructure to a changing climate has been unlocked by the Natural Capital Financial Facility, a EUR 400 million initiative intended to better protect Europe’s natural capital. The unique scheme is now looking to expand cooperation with partners across Europe to enhance investment that better supports n...
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